Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Whom do I contact concerning animal complaint issues?
Answer: Colleton County Animal and Enviromental Control, 33 Poor Farm Road, Walterboro, SC 29488 or 843-893-2651. The animal control takes all complaints regarding domestic animal disturbances such as dogs running at large, strays, livestock and animal abuse. The officer will investigate the complaint and initiate action for resolution as required.
Response to emergency calls only after hours. Contact Colleton County Sheriffs Office for the on call animal control officer.
Q: Whom do I contact concerning wildlife matters or issues?
Answer: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources handles all wildlife.
Q: What should be done with a dead animal?
Answer: Contact The Public Service and Facilities Department for assistance in disposal of dead animals on public property or roads. If the deceased animal is on private property, the property owner is responsible for the removal within 12 hours.
Q: What should be done with an injured stray animal?
Answer: Notify Animal Control at (843)893-2651 or the Animal Care Services (Your Local Veterinarian Office). After hours contact an animal emergency clinic.
Q: Does Colleton County have leash laws?
Answer: Colleton County Ordinance Title 6, Chapter 6.04.050 Restraint: It is unlawful for any owner or custodian of any animal to permit same to run at large at any time upon any street or highway or other property within Colleton County, except upon the property owned or rented by the owner or custodian. The animal shall be deemed to be "Running at Large" when animal is off the property of the owner and not under the immediate and direct supervision of a responsible person, owner, or keeper by means of a leash or similar restraining device and or obedient to the person's commands.
Q: What should be done or who should be called if you find or loose an animal?
Answer: Missing or lost animals should be reported to Animal Control as soon as the animal becomes missing. Come to the animal shelter and look for your pet: fill out a missing or found animal report. Bring a photo of your animal to post with the report.
Q: How may I adopt an animal?
Answer: Adopting a pet from the shelter is easy. You must be 17 years old and have a valid identification or drivers license. There is an adoption fee to take an available animal home. The shelter will provide the required certificate of examination for Colleton County. All animals are provided with initial vaccinations and preventative worming. All animals are spayed or neutered before adoptions.
Q: Do dogs and cats have to be vaccinated for rabies?
Answer: South Carolina state law and Colleton County ordinance 6.04.030 states that all dogs and cats must be currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian yearly at the age of 3 months and older. The rabies vaccination tag must be displayed around the animal's neck.
Q: Does Colleton County Animal Control have dog and cat traps available for capture of stray dogs and cats?
Answer: Yes. The citizen would need to contact animal control and sign an agreement for usage of the trap.
Q: Does Colleton County pick up animals?
Answer: Yes, the animal control will pick up stray animals. Owned pets and animals must be brought to the shelter by the owner and signed over to the shelter, a small fee is charged for the turn-in of the animal.
Q: How long is an animal kept at the shelter?
Answer: 6.04.060 g. Seizure of pets or dometic animals: Within 24 hours after any animal is impounded at the shelter it shall remain impounded for not less than five days. Thereafter such animal or pet shall become the property of Colleton County Animal Care and Control and may be placed for adoption or euthanized at the discretion of the director.
6.04080 Owner Relinquishment: Immediately upon completion of relinquishment procedures, the pet or animal shall become the property of the Colleton County Animal Care and Control and may be placed for adoption or euthanized.
Q: How may I reclaim or resume posession of my pet or animal?
Answer: The owner shall be entitled to resume posession of an impounded pet or animal within 10 days from the time of notification. There is an impoundment fee of $25.00 and a daily care fee of $5.00 per day. If all such requirements are not made within a 10 day time period, the pet or animal shall be deemed abandoned and shall immediately and irrevocably become the property of Colleton County Animal Control to convey, devise, dispose, or otherwise destroy as the county sees fit.